76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device


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76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby hunter12 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:51 am



does anyone know why my res lighting device is smoking, what could it be? I thought it was a short but cant find any. anyone have any idlers thankyu.



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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:15 pm

Internal component failure.replace it or bypass as a last option.
Used ones may be in the same condition so be careful

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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby hunter12 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:47 pm

thankyu I ordered one well hope it works.

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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby Placerville » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:52 pm

Another reason for the RLU to have a melted or deformed case (I've never heard of one smoking) is due to increased electrical current draw because of high wattage and accessory lighting. If your RLU is overheating, I can assure you that your push button starter switch is also under stress and will soon fail. This will manifest itself in several ways e.g., no headlight, no starter spin, starter won't stop spinning and other issues. All of this is due to the presence of aftermarket headlights of excessively high wattage and (often) accessory lighting.

The current for your headlight goes through your starter switch. That original switch was only designed to handle the factory 40W/50 headlight and nothing more. If you (or a PO) swapped out that light with one of higher wattage, you're overheating your starter switch. It will corrode (which will cause it to heat up even more) and will eventually fall apart. Your RLU is involved in all of this as well.

Make sure that the used RLU you're getting has no signs of case deformation. Then, prior to installing it, consider the current wattage of your headlamp and any additional lighting on your bike. If these conditions are present, I suggest that you install a relay for your headlight and accessory lighting that will bring current directly from your battery and bypass your starter button. Many have done it and instructions are available. PM me if interested. Also, consider removing your push button switch for inspection and cleaning. Carefully open it, inspect, clean and lubricate the parts. You might just find that it's in need of your attention.
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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby hunter12 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:40 am

checked lighting, please if yu have buypass I would like to do that ok, I got the new part an it gets hot but it does work. thankyu for your help.

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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby Placerville » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:33 am

I've sent the instructions for a relay to you via a PM so, look for that. Until you have the relay installed, I suggest that you disconnect any non-factory lighting to lighten the current draw.
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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby dingdong » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:47 am

You can by-pass the RLU by jumpering across these terminals.

#2 G/Y to #9 Y/G
#3 Br/B to #8 B/Br
#4 Bk/Y to #5 B/W
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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:41 pm

A relay is very important, higher voltage to devices and less current through the ignition and starter switch. One of my best mods. I do not run the RLU due to the age and propensity to fail.

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Re: 76 gl 1000 reserve lighting device

Postby dingdong » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:38 am

Fred Camper wrote:A relay is very important, higher voltage to devices and less current through the ignition and starter switch. One of my best mods. I do not run the RLU due to the age and propensity to fail.


Right on with the relay for a permanent fix. I should have stated that for "test purposes" you can just jumper these terminals. I actually carry a set of jumpers just for this purpose, on my 76, in case of a failure of the RLU.


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